Adam Farrer & Jon Ransom: Washed Up on the East Coast

Meet two authors who explore class and community – on both mental and geographical levels. Adam Farrer won the 2021 Northbound Book Award with Cold Fish Soup, a darkly hilarious non-fiction debut, forming a memoir out of essays about life in a downtrodden Yorkshire coastal town. Jon Ransom’s The Whale Tattoo is a haunting debut novel set in a Norfolk seaside town brimming with bottled up resentment. When a giant sperm whale washes up on the local beach and speaks to Joe Gunner, he decides to return to his fraught childhood home. These books and their authors speak to the strange powers to waters to shape lives and memory.

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